MISSOULA, Mont. -

Vickie Zeier is the new Chief Administrative Officer for Missoula County. Missoula County Commissioners voted to appoint Zeier during a meeting Thursday.

Zeier's served as the Clerk and Recorder and Treasurer for Missoula County for 21 years. Commissioners cited Zeier's background and experience in the county as a reason she was selected.

“Vickie is often referred to as the hardest working person in government. She’s a natural fit for such an important leadership role for Missoula County,” said Commission Chair Jean Curtiss. “She has a real hands-on approach to management that will bring significant progress to a number of County initiatives.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the commissioners and continuing the County’s efforts in improving its services to and communication with its constituents. This is an exciting opportunity for me and I’m ready to meet the challenges that come with this position head on and with an open door,” said Zeier.

According to a press release from the County, Zeier will begin work in her new position in mid-June. The transition plan for her current departments will be developed in the coming weeks.

Zeier says that she will still oversee the Elections Department during a school special district election in May and the primary in June.

“The elections in November, probably, will be under someone else, more than likely. I will assist in any way I possibly can just because I do have the experience and I am more than happy to help anyone who is going to be taking over that workload," she said.

Zeier says she anticipates the County will create and release a transition plan detailing how her position will be filled soon.

“There are some legal obligations so right now our Deputy County Attorney is reviewing those. We hope to have something out [in the] middle or end of next week -- a transition plan of how they'll go forward filling my position when I do resign, which will be effective June 15th or somewhere around there,” said Zeier.

Zeier says she has many fond memories in her time as Clerk and Recorder and Treasurer. One highlight, she says, has been her experience with the Elections Department. She says that prior to her time there, the department had been criticized for slow result reporting. She says she helped create a committee to solve the issue and coordinated earlier ballot pickups.

Now, Zeier says she looks forward to moving on to a new challenge.

“I am very much looking forward to my new position. It's been 21 years I've been doing this position, and I'm looking forward to the challenge,” said Zeier.